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What is an Estate Sale?
An estate sale or tag sale (as its referred to in some parts of the country) is a sale or auction to sell a substantial portion of the materials owned by a person or family. There are many reasons for an Estate Sale, including down-sizing, moving, a need to generate money, or when a loved one passes.
Estate Sales should be conducted by a professional (sometimes referred to as a liquidator), and they are normally paid by a percentage of the revenues. The professional may also charge the estate for the costs to give the sale, including advertising, marketing, research, labor, security, refreshments and other fees incurred in giving a successful sale. The presence of a professional liquidator is a major help because the scope of the process is likely to be overwhelming to the sellers. The liquidator has knowledge and experience with pricing items, and general value knowledge of all types of household goods and personal property value. Additionally their experience in how to handle unsold goods can often come in handy.
What is it like to go to an Estate Sale?
Since many people may attend, not all people may be able to fit into the confines of the house at the same time. Often, the crowd is managed by a numbered sign-up sheet by the door or issuing numbers. Typically the estate sale company will hand out numbers on pieces of paper early on the first day to the people waiting in line. This is both a courtesy so that people may wait in their vehicles during inclement weather until the posted start time, and a way to prevent a 'mad rush' for the door when the sale begins. The holder of the sale will then call for the first 10 or 20 numbers. These people are admitted and they get first choice at the items. As they eventually leave, the next numbers are called and admitted. This way the company can control the number of people inside what is typically a cramped house.
Why don’t I see the full address for a sale?
Typically, to maintain the privacy of the home owner, as well as to allow the Estate Sale company time to prepare for the sale, the full address is withheld from the public until 24-48 hours before the sale. For more information, you can use the “Contact Seller” button located to the right of each sale.
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